FIFA World Cup Group H Highlights: Belgium vs. Korea and Algeria vs. Russia

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  • South Korea players
    South Korea players react after losing their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Belgium at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • South Korea's Son Heung-min (L) cries
    South Korea's Son Heung-min (L) cries after losing their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Belgium at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Belgium's Moussa Dembele (2nd R) comforts South Korea's Lee Yong (R)
    Belgium's Moussa Dembele (2nd R) comforts South Korea's Lee Yong (R) at the end of their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Referee Benjamin Williams of Australia shows Belgium's Steven Defour the red card
    Referee Benjamin Williams of Australia shows Belgium's Steven Defour the red card during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against South Korea at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Belgium's Jan Vertonghen (5) celebrates his goal with team mates
    Belgium's Jan Vertonghen (5) celebrates his goal with team mates during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against South Korea at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 5, 2014. REUTERS
  • South Korea's Son Heung-min (R) cries on Han Kook-young shoulder
    South Korea's Son Heung-min (R) cries on Han Kook-young shoulder after losing to Belgium at the end of their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Algeria's coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacts as he and his players celebrate
    Algeria's coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacts as he and his players celebrate making it through to the World Cup knockout stages for the first time at the end of their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Algeria's Islam Slimani (R) heads the ball
    Algeria's Islam Slimani (R) heads the ball to score a goal against Russia during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Russia's Alexander Kokorin reacts on the ground
    Russia's Alexander Kokorin reacts on the ground as Algeria's national soccer team players celebrate, going through to the next stage, behind him at the end of their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 26, 2014. REUTERS
  • Algeria's Essaid Belkalem carries teammate Abdelmoumene Djabou
    Algeria's Essaid Belkalem carries teammate Abdelmoumene Djabou on his shoulders as they celebrate the end of their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 26, 2014. Algeria made it into the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time with a 1-1 draw against Russia. REUTERS
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Belgium and Algeria advance from the final group matches in Brazil. The Red Devils edged out the last Asian team in the competition, Korea Republic with a 1-0 final score. Algeria only managed a draw against Russia but the lone point was enough for them to become the second team from Africa to make it to the round of 16 joining Nigeria from Group F.

Belgium were already on 6 points coming into the final match and the win against Korea gave them maximum points and the top of the group table. This campaign is Belgium's return to the World Cup stage after having failed to qualify for Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. Korea desperately needed to win to have any hope of advancing with only one point to their name before the last group match. The loss against group winners Belgium left the Korean players devastated and spent. They were seen scattered on the pitch lying on their backs as if unable to muster the energy to even walk out. Several players were inconsolable and were in tears at the end of the match. Even the Belgians reached out and tried to console their defeated opponents.

Algeria also made history by qualifying into the knockout stage for the first time in only four appearances in the World Cup finals.  In direct contrast to the Korean players and several miles away, the Algerians were the picture of absolute joy as they manage only a draw against Russia but still manage to advance to the round of 16. Russia scored early in the match on the 6th minute and it looked like it may have to go down to goal difference but a well placed header by Islam Slimani gave Algeria the point and left Russia to mourn with Korea on their way back home. 

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil

Group H Match Results:

Belgium 1-0 Korea Republic

(Vertonghen 78')

Algeria 1-1 Russia

(Slimani 60') (Kokorin 6')

Qualified: 1. Belgium, 2. Algeria

Full Group H standings and match results

Round of 16 match schedule and full group standings

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